St. Hildegard's Seminary. The desert monks of 3rd-4th century Egypt were considered a force of spiritual power for their neighbors, towns, and cities.
Their lives were dedicated to prayer, fasting, and spiritual warfare,
for themselves, and for the world.
In this course, we will examine the terrain of spiritual warfare
in the Desert Tradition, with a particular emphasis
on Antony the Great, Evagrius Ponticus, and Nicodemos
of the Holy Mountain.
The physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the
Desert Tradition's understanding of the demonic
will be enumerated, and we will explore their
practical implications for modern life, in terms of
personal practices, spiritual discernment,
and spiritual direction.
Professor Don Marlette, M.Div., Instructor